Suffolk Trading Standards is warning residents to beware of scam letters claiming you have won a large sum of money in the “International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery”.
The letter suggests that you are the winner of £500,000 after being selected through a worldwide computer ballot system of three million people.
Recipients are asked to contact a “claims agent” on a landline, mobile or fax number provided in order to begin the process of claiming the money.
If you make contact with the fraudsters you will be asked to part with money as an upfront payment, or forward money to enable them to enter the tender process for a prize that does not exist.
The letter also asks you to inform your “claims agent” of any changes in your personal information or address as soon as possible.Your personal information is commonly used by fraudsters to commit identify fraud.
FIFA have confirmed that any such correspondence has no connection with or authorisation from FIFA and is in no way related to the 2014, 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, nor any other FIFA events.
Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto - none that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
Always remember if you haven’t entered a lottery, then you can’t have won it.
For further information please visit the Suffolk Trading standards website.
Please note that Action Fraud is not responsible for the content of external websites.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.